Happy Halloween!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Such a fun and happy holiday!! I love it!! This card is also for the Inspiration Challenge 99 on Splitcoaststampers. Have a great Halloween nite!!

Recipe: Stamps - Kitty and Witch Hat from Year Round Fun II (I just drew the little bow tie and cut it out). Scraps of So Saffron, deep red, gray, off white and pumpkin pattern. I colored the kitty and hat in with markers and then used Color Box Chalk in Charcoal for all of the edges. Also two small black brads.

Sweet Treats and Sweet Thoughts

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Candy corn at Halloween - the perfect sweet treat for the sweet one in your life! I'm not sure if anyone has thought of doing this before with this set, but I haven't seen it done. I used vellum paper so that the candy is actually inside the bag and then I used the xyron Create-A-Sticker to keep in all in place. Gotta run - It's a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is on!!

Recipe: Stamp - Bag and candy corn from the All Wrapped Up set. Cardstock is all Bazzill. Sticker embellishments from Stampendous. Ink is Close to Cocoa, the orange and yellow are from the Color Box Petal Point classic pigment set. A bit of raffia for the tie. The font is Roddy.

When Life gives you Peanuts....

Monday, October 29, 2007

Love Peanuts! Love Snoopy - of course! Next to the card is Dixie's favorite baby Snoopy toy, that as you can see has been well loved! You may have heard that there is a controversial new biography out about the "secret life" of Charles Schulz. Being such a huge fan, I want to read it, but I don't, if you know what I mean. Is it really any of our business what his life was like? Wouldn't it take away from all of the happiness and fun he gave to all of us? It's written by someone who has an opinion about him and how the characters interacted with people in his own life. Sometimes it's best to just not know these things. To me he put his whole self into what he did, and that's more than a lot of us can say about our job or life.

- If you put your supper dish to your ear you can hear the sounds of a restaurant. --Snoopy

Recipe: Stamps - Snoopy Walking from Stampabilities and the Star is from the Fun and Fast Notes set. Perfect Plum is the cardstock and ink, also gray and off white. The background Peanuts paper is from JoAnn's. The dog bone paper clip I think I got from Sticker Planet (not sure). The font is Britannic Bold.

How many days 'til Christmas?

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Well exactly 60 days from today is Christmas! Wow - are you getting ready? I'm not! Some people think it strange that I don't really get into this holiday, because I celebrate all of them, but I just don't anymore. I respect the day for what it is, but I just dislike all of the commercialism about it. I like to give presents throughout the year, and don't like the feeling of being rushed to just find something to give someone because of the day. Not sure why, probably working in retail a few years ago around the Christmas holidays did it to me! At any rate, here are a couple more gift card holders. I do enjoy making these, and who doesn't love to receive gift cards!

Recipes: The Santa stamp is called Marshmallow Santa and it's from Stampabilities. The Joy and stars stamps are from the Christmas Sentiments collection from Rubber Stampede. The stamp on the back (Handmade for the holidays) is from Hero Arts. Also a small "J" stamp inside the tree. I used some black and some green solid cardstock scraps, and a small amount of burgundy that I faux stitced. The patterned paper is from Hobby Lobby and I also used a few gold staples.

Simple Birthday Wishes

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I've got a few birthdays coming up, so I'm trying to plan ahead a bit. My goal before the end of this year is to make all of the birthday cards for next year and have them ready to go. I'll let you know in the beginning of the year how that goes!

Game 2 of the Rockies vs Red Sox is about to start. Game 1 was no fun to watch, that's for sure. I like the Sox just as well as the Rockies, but it wasn't a very challenging or close game to watch. My bet is that the Rockies win tonite, and they even it up!

Recipe: Stamps - Happy Birthday Wishes from the Fast & Fun Notes set. I used the Background Basics set - the small flowers stamp. Cardstock is Groovy Guava, and the brown is from Bazzill and some off white. I used groovy Guava ink and some Color Box Chalk in chestnut (as usual). The ribbon is from Offray. I also used the Fiskars Daisy border punch.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Have I said before how much I love this set of stamps?! I think I've proved it here, by using almost all of the stamps included. This isn't a new idea, design-wise, but I've never done it before and I must say I do love how it turned out, and that I found the perfect rhinestone for it too!

It's Wednesday, so only two more working days this week. The Rockies are getting ready to play tonite in the World Series, so Denver is all a-buzz. Should be a fun and interesting game one tonite.

Recipe: Stamps - Carte Postale set. Cardstock is Sahara Sand and Perfect Plum. Ink is Perfect Plum and Color Box Chalk in chestnut. A little bit of sheer ribbon and the perfect purple rhinestone.

Just Because You're You

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

This was fun. I'm always looking for different ways to use things and I was sitting and playing with the ribbon and decided to braid it. From there, I'm not sure what was thinking, but this is what I came up with.

I still don't really have any stories about my new job. Just plugging along, and I sure am tired!! Not used to this anymore, so it may take some time. Not sure that this is the right fit, but it's fine for now and I'm just going to take each day as new, and deal with it. I've got a couple of people to hang out with and chat with and that helps the day go by.

Recipe: Stamps - Pretty Petals. Cardstock - Wild Wasabi, Off White and orange scraps. Ink is Color Box Chalk in Chestnut, Ribbon is Offray - Orange, green and off white. Three small orange brads. Font is Dragonfly (cool, huh?).

My Heart Beats For You

Monday, October 22, 2007

This isn't a new design entirely for me, I just changed it a little bit, but it's one of my favorites. I like to use all kinds of elements, especially working with the wire, which adds another great texture to it.

I don't really have any stories to tell today. I did start a new job, but still too new to find too much humor in it just yet. But I'm sure that I'll have some soon (hopefully). Happy Monday!

Recipe: Stamp - Crackle Berry from Stampabilities. Cardstock is Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, Rose Red and White. Ink is Soft Sky and Blue Bayou. White grosgrain ribbon. Seven small tarnished silver brads. One tarnished heart shape brad. Wild Wire. The heart is a Sizzix die cut. Font is Love Letters.


Saturday, October 20, 2007

This card is based (loosely) off of the card on the front of the Fall-Winter catalog. I couldn't come up with anything, and looked over at the catalog, so that was my inspiration for it. Everyone has a sweet person their life and this is the card to tell them so. Love this cute little stamp!

Recipe: Stamp is from the A Little Love set. The heart background stamp is from the Patterns & Prints set from Hero Arts. The cardstock is Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky and off white. Ink is the same as the cardstock colors. I used some off white Spool O'Ribbon and Sheer Creations Denim Blue. A blue foral rhinestone and I used the scalloped circle punch, a regular circle punch, file folder tab punch and a corner rounder.


Friday, October 19, 2007

I wasn't sure where I was going with this card when I started, but as much as I love the Carte Postale set, I use it often. I'm not even sure who it will go to, but it's always good to have a thank you card around when you need it. I also made a chocolate nugget box to match. They are so much fun to make and such a cute little gift to give someone.

It's Friday, and I'm going back to work on Monday, just a temporary job so we'll see if it leads to something more, but I am looking forward to it. My posts will be later in the evening because of it tho.

Not much planned for the weekend, besides watch football of course. There's a fall craft show at the high school and there are some pretty good movies out now, so I'd like to catch one if I can work it in. Oh, I went to the organic grocery store again today, and usually Dixie's nose is right there to see if I brought her something, but today she just ran away! :(
Recipe: Cardstock is rust colored Bazzill, Always Artichoke and some off white. Stamps are from the Carte Postale set. Ink is Old Olive and Color Box Chalk Chestnut. Sheer Creations ribbon. One large green rhinestone (1 small for the box) and I used the corner rounder punch .

Believe You're Amazing

Thursday, October 18, 2007

This is a card for the Cards For Cancer organization that I think could be sent to anyone. Some days you just have to believe in yourself and that good things will come your way regardless of what your current situation is. If you believe that you're amazing, others will too!

So I have a little story about my little Dixie Chick. I was telling a friend of mine this story last week. I'm trying to eat better and "organically" and anybody who has a dog knows that almost always you will give them some of what you're eating. Well, if you've seen the movie Big with Tom Hanks, and remember when he's at the party eating what to him is new and fancy food, and he's not liking it too much and it's pretty much falling out of his mouth, then picture this little darling's face when I tried to give her a piece of an organic pop tart! The look on her face was absolutely priceless, and I laughed so hard! The thing of it is, she has always tried and liked just about everything I've given her (except anything green) and so today I was eating dried blueberries. I thought they were really tasty and so she wanted to try one, of course. Well it got stuck on one of her teeth, and so her tongue was going a mile a minute trying to get it off. I really didn't mean to laugh, but she wouldn't let me help her, she just kept turning in circles. Finally, she got it unstuck and pretty much spit it back at me. So much for her turning organic, she's just not going for it!

Recipe for the card: Camel colored cardstock is from Bazzill, and some off white scraps. The patterned paper is embossed like, and I believe was purchased a Michael's, but it's been quite some time. The stamped flower is from the Petal Prints set. Ribbon is from Sheer Creations. Ink on the flower is So Saffron and River Rock and the distressing ink color is Colorbox Chalk Chestnut. One big silver and pearl brad. Fourteen tiny clear adhesive rhinestones. I also used the corner rounder punch, a regular hole punch and Fiskars Scallop paper edger.

You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore....

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Looking back over the last several cards I've done, they almost all included flowers of some sort. So today I challenged myself to not use any type of flower whatsoever. No flowers, no hearts, no tiny birds or animals, no nothing. Ok so I used a few tiny rhinestones, but I think that's alright, right? This is most certainly a more masculine card for me, and I need to do some of these more often I think just to mix things up a bit.

Recipe: Cardstock is black and the rust textured paper is Bazzill. The patterned paper is from the Once Upon a Time matstack. There's black thin grosgrain ribbon and also a natural jute ribbon. The stamp is from the Carte Postale set. There are 3 bronze sequins with 3 tiny clear rhinestones in the centers. The font is Zothique Demo.

You're On My Mind

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A super sweet and simple card today that went together easily. It's amazing sometimes how easily it comes sometimes when you have your mind set and you know how you want it to look, and it actually turns out how you want it to look! I paid a visit to Michael's today and found this great stamp and ribbon, little did I know that it would go together so great with this paper. Have a great Tuesday and let someone special know that they are on your mind!

Recipe: Linen big stamp background. The flower with the you're on my mind text and ribbon are both from the dollar bin at Michael's. Ink is Close to Cocoa. Paper is Blue Bayou, River Rock and off white. Four tiny brown brads and one blue rhinestone brad. I used the ticket corner punch and the big round scallop punch.

Ooh-la-la - Mojo Monday!

Monday, October 15, 2007

So girly!! Had fun with this Mojo Monday challenge from Poetic Artistry. Lots of glam going on. I'll probably send it to a friend of mine, and inside write - Let's go new perfume shopping! This is the first time using this stamp too, it's so, so cute!

Recipe: Stamp is from the A Little Love set. Background solid paper is Close to Cocoa and Wild Wasabi. Patterned paper is from the Kelly Panacci paper pack. I cut out four of the little flowers for the corners. Ink is Close to Cocoa. Pink ribbon is from Offray. The glittery silver ribbon is from Archiver's. Four big pink rhinestones, and 7 little ones.

4th Birthday Card

Sunday, October 14, 2007

This is a card for a 4 year old niece Olivia. I'm headed over to her party shortly. She's so excited! Love little kids birthday parties, always fun and total chaos at the same time! Happy Sunday!

Recipe: Paper is Groovy Guava, Rose Red, and Pocket Full of Posies Matstack. Some wide white grosgrain ribbon. The letters and hearts are die cuts.

Loves Me, Loves Me Not, Loves Me...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Some days you just never know, right? Anyway, I hadn't used this stamp yet, and this is what I came up with for it. It's fun, and would be good to give to a friend that might be going thru a rough spot in a relationship. It's Saturday evening already, the Wisconsin Badgers lost to Penn State, there's nothing on tv tonite, so I rented Reign on Me with Adam Sandler. Been wanting to see it for awhile, so I hope it's good. It's kinda cold and rainy out, so it's a good nite to curl up on the couch with a movie with some popcorn. Have a good nite!

Recipe: Stamp is from A Little Love set, the heart square background stamp behind it is from the Patterns & Prints set from Hero Arts. I typed out the word "not" twice on the computer and then used a hole punch. Paper is black, white, Soft Sky and Rose Red. Four tiny black brads, A little gingham and white ribbon, some wide white grosgrain ribbon and the heart is a Sizzlits die cut.


Friday, October 12, 2007

I've been wanting to use this little bird stamp since I got the set and finally had the chance to. I've noticed it's pretty popular on the SCS site too. He's just so cute, and the perfect little guy to put on a happy card just to say hi. The weather is still beautiful here in Colorado and the trees are gorgeous. Of course everyone is very pumped about the Rockies baseball team going to the playoffs. Pretty exciting around here. It's Friday anyway, and I hope you're all looking forward to a fun weekend!

Recipe: Stamps - Birdie from Fast & Fun Notes and the border is the Stampin' Around Perfectly Pretty roller. Paper is Groovy Guava and Purely Pomegranate, and white too. Inks are Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Groovy Guava, Purely Pomegranate and So Saffron. Three small white brads, 2 small and 2 large rhinestones. The "hi" is a sizzlits diecut alphabet as well as the daisies.

You Make Everything Bloom

Thursday, October 11, 2007

When I was making this card, I wasn't sure where my inspiration was coming from, but I knew that I had to use this flower on it. I also made a chocolate nugget box to match. Well I've been talking with my sister and asking her if she could make a copy of a picture that she has of my mom, who passed away a few years ago. Much to my surprise, I received a package in the mail from her and she sent me the whole darn picture! She said that she had enjoyed it for a few years, so it was my turn to enjoy it. We're not sure how old she was here, but we're guessing 20ish or perhaps her high school picture. Well I realized right away why I was so inspired to make this card, because mom had such a great love of flowers. So the sentiment on this card - you make everything bloom - seems very fitting, because she always enjoyed my love of any and all kinds of arts and crafts or whatever I wanted to try, even some pretty scarey and out there things at the time. So I have to say thanks mom, I'm still listening to you, even when you think I'm not!

Autumn Wishes

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I love this little tree stamp! Anyway, it's just so beautiful out and I think even tho I've made some Christmas cards, that I still just want to stick with some Fall stuff for now. This season just doesn't last long enough for me. I'll keep in short today, because Dixie is stamping her paw wanting to go for her nightly walk right now! Have a great nite!

Recipe: Paper is Always Artichoke, So Saffron and River Rock. Stamps are Linen background, Patterns & Prints small square stamp and the tree are both from Hero Arts. Orange ribbon, 2 little orange glitter stickers from Stampabilities. The inks are So Saffron, Old Olive and Close to Cocoa. One gold square paper clip.

Hey all, this is what I was trying to upload yesterday for Poetic Artistry's Mojo Monday sketch challenge. So I'm calling it Mojo Tuesday, since I couldn't get it to work yesterday. I'm happy with this one, and I'm told that Mon Amie means my friend, altho there's some controversy regarding how it's spelled on this stamp. Apparently, mon ami (no "e") means my friend the male version and mon amie with the "e" means my friend - female. It's sometimes good to have someone who knows french in the house. Anyway, I love this set, and I'm working on more things with it that you'll see this week.
I also learned that Oprah's book club selection is - Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and that the movie is supposed to be out next month. I have this book, but have not read it yet. As some of you know, Serendipity is my one of my most favorite movies, with John Cusack, and this book plays a big part in it. I guess it's finally time to break it out. It is a love story beyond all love stories that expands 50 years. If you decide to read it too, let me know your progress and we can chat about it together as we go!

Recipe for Mojo Tuesday - Mon Amie: This is the Carte Postale stamp set. The papers are Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand and Bravo Burgundy. Inks are Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Blue Bayou and Close to Cocoa. The ribbon is from Offray, and there are 3 tarnished brass brads.

Well since my camera is not working too well today, and I can't download what I spent almost all morning creating, I'm posting a picture of a card I did awhile ago. I do like it, it's one of those cutesy kind of cards you send to a good friend. I used a lot of old scraps of paper on it, and lots of fun ribbon and the teacup itself is from digital scrapbooking website. The little teacup stamp on the envelope is from Rubber Stampede. Happy Monday!?

Dragonfly Contest Winner!

Monday, October 8, 2007

We have a winner - thanks to Jennifer for sending me her picture of her dragonfly fall card entry!! Your prize package is on its way!

Pottery Barn Inspiration Challenge

Sunday, October 7, 2007

This is my creation for the Inspiration Challenge on SCS. The inspiration is this beautiful bedding from Pottery Barn. Who doesn't love that place! I could spend hours in there! Wouldn't you love to just say I'll take one of everything? I guess my house isn't big enough for that, but it would be fun trying.
I didn't post anything yesterday (sorry), it was just a busy day all around. I went to a Craft Fair , didn't buy anything, but it's always fun to look around. Watched a couple of movies - 1408 and Next, they were just ok. I love John Cusack, who is in 1408, and try to catch any and all movies he has out. That movie is a little creepy I must say.
It's football Sunday, the Pack don't play until tonite, but I do enjoy watching some of the other games as well. Don't forget that my dragonfly fall card contest ends tonite at 8pm mountain time and have a great Sunday!

Tie Dye Inspiration

Friday, October 5, 2007

I had an interesting morning! I went to the tire store and was told it was going to be about an hour and a half. Of course I had to ask where the nearest Starbucks was and I was told it was only a few blocks down the road. So I figured it's a beautiful day, why not? I was told by the time I got back they'd be done. So I start walking, and about 5 blocks later I find it, but not before I've got to walk down one of the busiest streets in Englewood. Note to self: Don't walk by yourself down a busy street unless you want to get honked at and/or offered a ride!! Kinda scarey, but in the back of my mind I'm thinking - not bad for somebody my age! I still got it! (Not). So anyway, I figured once I get there I can sit in their comfy chairs for awhile and have a nice Tall, Iced, Nonfat, Cinnamon Dulce Latte, no whip, only to find out that it's a drive up/walk up Starbucks! It's right about now that I decide that I probably shouldn't have wore the sandals I have on. Anyway, I walk back pumped full of caffeine and of course the car isn't done, why would it be? So I sit down outside and the building next door is called Headed West. Well I figure I can be inspired anywhere and perhaps they'll have some interesting "papers" in there?! So I go in, I'm overcome by the smell of incense, but I'm greeted with a friendly hello and I continue to look around. No great "paper" for me, but they did have an interesting rack of t-shirts. So I'm going thru them, hit the tie dye section, and much to my surprise I find a tie dye shirt with Hootie and the Blowfish on it! Well it's karma, it's kismet, it's something, because they were my favorite band back in 1994/95! Who can forget Hold My Hand or Only Want to Be With You? How about Let Her Cry? Well they only have XL's, darn it, so I ask, and of course that's all they have. I can't let it go, I've got to get it and I figure I can sleep in it tonite (after I wash it, of course) with the essence of incense that probably won't ever wash out of it. It was an interesting morning, and so I'm inspired today by tie dye. Not being really sure what to do with that, I came home and messed around with a little bit of ink and water, and the only thing I liked was this little flower or what looked to be a flower to me. So I cut it out, it curled up a bit because it was still wet, so I left it that way, and you see the results of the rest of it. Not my best work, but that's the way it goes some days - TGIF! -

Recipe: Paper is Sahara Sand and Always Artichoke and the purple leaf background is from the Pocket full of Posies matstack. The stem and leaves are stamps from the Petal Prints set. I used Old Olive ink to muddy up all of the edges. A little bit of purple ribbon, 3 crystal rhinestones and the font is Lizzie Longstocking.

Flurry of Fall Wishes - Design Contest!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Hey there! First of all a HUGE thank you to Nealy for helping me set up my header picture!!!
I luv it!!!
I wasn't sure how to incorporate dragonflies into fall, but here it is! I'm not sure that I have enough viewers of my blog yet, but I'd like to throw a contest out there! Make me a fall card that includes one or more dragonflies on it! Email me your pictures (, and the winner receives a package of fun fall supplies! Think of it this way, if you are the only one to respond, you're the winner! The winner will be decided Sunday nite, the deadline being 8:00 p.m. mountain time. I will post the winner's card on my blog on Monday. Have an awesome day!

Recipe: Cardstock - So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant and Always Artichoke. Ink is Perfect Plum, Old Olive and So Saffron. I also distressed all of the edges with Bronze from Color Box. A little bit of raffia and 5 brass brads. The font is Somerset BB.

"Bear"ly Fall

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

I was inspired to do a card with a teddy bear today on it because I went to Build-A-Bear with a friend of mine and her two great kids today. For the life of me I couldn't find a teddy bear in my stash of "stuff". So I just got my camera and brought a teddy bear out to the front porch and took a picture! If you have a Build-A-Bear in your area, and have never been there, it's an awesome place and a really fun and special thing to do. They have an Autumn Bear that is absolutely adorable. Thanks Lisa, Braxton and Emersyn!!

Recipe: Neutrals textured cardstock from matchmakers, rust ribbon, 2 brass brads, 3 silk fall leaves from JoAnn's. All edges are distressed with Close to Cocoa ink.

Do We Have to Get Out of Bed Today Mama?

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Well it's just one of those days I guess. I received some not so good news from the doc's that I really wasn't hoping to hear, (my neck is still not healed). But the good news is that I can get off of the blood thinners. So today being the first day that I'm trying to do that isn't the best. It took me so long to get used to being on them, that I imagine it may not be easy to get off of them either. I know how I felt a year ago, and I know I feel better than that, so I just have to try and push this whole thing to the back of my mind and live life the best I can. At any rate, I didn't get any new cards done for today, but I've got my favorite girlfriend Dixie to share the blankets with me and keep me company. She LOVES days like this!! I hope all is well in your little corner of the world wherever you are, take care of yourself, and just LIVE!!!

Flying Heart

Monday, October 1, 2007

Flying Heart Monday! Here's one that I was inspired by mybelle101 on She has a great gallery too! I didn't change too much really. I love how the heart looks like it could keep flying right off the card. I used Stampabilities Crackle Berry stamp, the paper is from Creative Imaginations, the ink is Close to Cocoa from Stampin' Up and I also used the Stampin' Up ticket corner punch. A scrap of red ribbon and 3 red rhinestones. The heart is a die cut from Sizzix. The sentiment (the best is yet to be) was done on my computer in the Dear Joe II font.
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